Burglars with a keen appreciation for gold have targeted Indian and South Asian homes in a months-long series of daytime break-ins in Northern Virginia.
The burglars are discerning. They have taken 22-karat pieces but left behind sterling silver and well-crafted costume jewelry. They have sifted through floor-length gowns lovingly stored in closets and plucked every custom-made sari threaded with gold and worth thousands, disdaining saris worth only hundreds.
Yikes! Though over 20 South Asian homes targeted police officials say the robberies are not about race. “There is targeting due to gold prices. That’s how we are talking about it, rather than ethnicity,” said Fairfax police spokeswoman Mary Ann Jennings.